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The Scientific Imagination: Illustration in The Strand Magazine
From the theory of evolution to inventions like the typewriter and the modern lightbulb, many advancements in science and technology occurred in the nineteenth century. By the 1890s, a period called the fin de siècle (turn of the century), people in Britain were excited about what might be possible in the future (Liggins and Vuohelainen 226). The Scientific Imagination exhibition focuses on a monthly periodical that launched at this precise moment:
The Strand Magazine.
Publisher George Newnes launched The Strand in 1891, and by 1893 the monthly periodical was well-established in British culture. Arthur Conan Doyle’s series Sherlock Holmes was massively successful and the magazine was known for its extensive use of illustrations and photographs. To understand more about the impact of the magazine, periodical printing culture in the nineteenth century, and the editions of The Strand at the University of Victoria Special Collections, begin by clicking on the link above.
This exhibition features information about three short stories published in The Strand in 1893. Click the link above to read more about science in the nineteenth century, and to explore the three case studies. Each case study features a summary of the story, high-quality scans of the illustrations, and analysis that describes major themes within the texts and images.
This project is funded through the Peter and Ana Lowens University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections Student Fellowship. To learn more about this project, and to review the list of sources referenced across the exhibition, please review the acknowledgements page.